Our prediction for this Championship match:
Middlesbrough will be looking to bounce from the FA Cup defeat to Brentford when they welcome Birmingham City at their Riverside Stadium. The Boro have been having their ups and downs of late, but they did well to beat Wycombe 3-1 in their last league match. Middlesbrough are eager to climb to the playoffs berth, and they should take advantage of Birmingham City’s current form.
The Blues suffered five defeats in the previous six league fixtures, and, as expected, they were beaten by star-studded Man City (0-3) in the FA Cup last 64. Birmingham City have been struggling at the back of late, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Middlesbrough’s party at Riverside Stadium. When the two teams met at St. Andrew’s Stadium Middlesbrough crushed Birmingham City 4-1, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.